Vigo County Sheriff’s Office updates social media policy after controversial posts by lieutenant

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — In response to controversial posts made by a lieutenant with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office, the department updated its social media use policy.

Lt. Mike Anderson retired in June after posts to his personal social media account led to his termination as a school protection officer with the Vigo County School Corporation.

At the time of the posts, Sheriff John Plasse said Anderson had not violated any department policies. He noted he would look into making changes to the policy.

The updated policy, which went into effect last week, states that sheriff’s personnel are “prohibited from using speech or sharing images that are obscene, sexually explicit or express bias against any race, religion or protected class.”

Plasse said he wanted to make sure the new policy left no room for misinterpretation about social media posts.

“Will I say that there may be something in the future? Sure. Yes. People are human and they make mistakes,” Plasse noted. “But at least we have the policy to deal with that and to not tolerate that. We’re making it clear that we don’t and we will deal with any violations of that in the future.”

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